Sailing yachts

Cornish gaff cutter

(REF: 18214)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Kittow of Porthleven
  • Year: 1897
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 32'6"
  • Beam: 10'6"
  • Draft: 5'
  • Tonnage: 11TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Cornish Gaff Cutter

Believed built by Kittow of Portthleven, Cornwall in 1897

In a letter dated June 1966, G. Sartoris from Ingatstone, Essex, writes that he bought Peggy in 1936 and that he believed she was built by Kittow in Porthleven, Cornwall in the 1890’s.

The yacht has all the signs of a typical Cornish sailing fishing boat of the period known as the Plymouth Hooker because they fished with long lines of baited hooks – a straight stem, slightly raked transom stern, transom-hung rudder and a long keel with a small amount of drag.

Bought by the present owner in 2012, she has undergone a thorough refit which has included a lot of new frames, all new planking in the topsides, re-fastening below the water line, new coachroof, a new cockpit and new standing rigging in 2015.  She is now a very eye catching and smart yacht in sound structural condition, proven and a cruise to Brittany in the summer of 2016.

Cornish gaff cutter

Length on deck                                  32’6” + 12’ bowsprit

Length waterline                                32’

Beam                                                  10’6”

Draft                                                  5’

Thames Tonnage                                11TM

Displ.                                                  c.9tons



Planked in 1.25″ Pitch Pine and larch on sawn oak frames, all iron or galvanised nail fastened.

Solid straight laid Iroko deck on oak deck beams.

Varnished mahogany coachroof coamings.  Whole superstructure was replaced new in 2015 including coamings and coach roof deck.

Deep cockpit all recently rebuilt.




Gaff cutter rig on keel stepped solid varnished mast.  Varnished boom, gaff and bowsprit.

Galvanised wire standing rigging all new in 2015.

Running rigging replaced as necessary.

Tan terylene sails all in good condition.




Yanmar 3YM30 3cyl diesel.  Offset to port with fixed 3 blade propeller.  5 knots cruising speed, 6.5kts max.

New 55l plastic fuel tank.

Cornish gaff cutter



4 berths including a double forward to port and two saloon settee berths.

Interior largely rebuilt in present ownership.

Galley with Taylors paraffin stove and stainless sink.

Heads compartment in the forepeak with a Blakes Victory sea toilet.


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These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.